The hardiest cherries are considered “tart cherries” or “pie cherries”, but we definitely enjoy eating them fresh. They are often short-lived (12-25 years) but very beautiful, small trees (10-15 feet) with prolific, early, spring flowers, shiny, maroon bark, and glossy foliage. Cherries prefer very well-drained soils and full sun. They are a lovely garden tree and will be very happy on the north edge of the vegetable garden or in the midst of your perennials.
A few sweet cherries are now consistently listed as zone 4 hardy, we are wary. Performance has been mixed here on the farm. Worth planting in Southern Vermont or the Champlain Valley. These trees are vigorous growers and if unpruned can reach 20 feet. Protect from birds and revel in fruit.
Tart cherries and the sweet cherries we sell are self fertile.
Compass and Sapalta are cherry-plums, very hardy crosses between a cherry and a plum. They are attractive small trees, 10-15 ft tall, with heavy spring flowering. They are quick to bear, with fruit the size of a small plum. The eating quality is very good, typically with tart skin and sweet flesh. Compass and Sapalta require each other for cross-pollination.
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